photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved
Door of the University of Utrecht's Academy Building
2011 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
Since Blogger had been "closed" for the past day or so, I thought this was a good image for my Photo Friday.
To be honest, I love old doors. I find myself taking pictures of so many doors, locks, handles, grillwork, letter slots, trancepts, door knockers, etc. Maybe I like them because I always wonder what's on the other side. :o) The word "trekken", that you can see on the little plaque above the doorknob, means "pull" - but the door is always looks locked! There must be another way in ...
This particular door belongs to University of Utrecht's Academy Building. A gift to the University from the City of Utrecht, the Academy Building is located on Dom square by the Dom Cathedral. The oldest part of the building is the auditorium, built in 1461. It was here, in the year 1579, that the Union of Utrecht signed - 1579 is considered the beginning of the Dutch State. The front of the building, where this door is, was built between 1891-1894 in the Holland Renaissance style. The Academy Building is used for holding special ceremonies, lectures, symposiums, etc.
Apparently, housed in the building is a collection of over 500 paintings (portraits), drawings, etchings and sculpted busts of scholars and administrators of the University since the seventeenth century. A large part of the collection is accessible to the public. Hmmm ... I must put that on my "to do" list!